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Associated Press

Having children after a woman is 35 may cause her some health problems after she turns 50, a new study suggests.

Analyzing health data on more than 6,500 women, an Ohio State University researcher found that those who gave birth after they were 35 had a higher risk of diabetes and high blood pressure than their peers who became mothers at a younger age.

But the analysis by Angelo Alonzo also found some health benefits associated with later childbirth such as fewer bladder infections and greater bone density.

"The study didn't conclusively find that having children after age 35 was always bad for long-term health," Alonzo said. "However, women should be concerned about the potential consequences of postponing childbearing, especially if they have a family history of cardiovascular disease."

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